Angelina Jolie to Trump- we must base foreign policy on facts, not fear

On Thursday’s publication of The New York Times, Angela Jolie wrote on op-ed. In the op-ed, she didn’t hesitate to criticize Trump’s executive order that completely bans Syrian refugees and temporarily halts the U.S. refugee resettlement program.

In the op-ed, Jolie goes into detail about how it is vital for policies that affect both refugees and immigrants be based on facts, not fear.

“The global refugee crisis and the threat from terrorism make it entirely justifiable that we consider how best to secure our borders,” she wrote. “Every government must balance the needs of its citizens with its international responsibilities. But our response must be measured and should be based on facts, not fear … It is simply not true that our borders are overrun or that refugees are admitted to the United States without close scrutiny.”

(AP Photo/United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees , O. Laban-Matte)

When Trump signed the executive order last month, it capped 2017’s total admissions of refugees at 50,000.

Jolie talks about how it is wrong to “close the door” on people because of their religion and their country of origin. She also notes the importance of improving national security by focusing on actual threats.

“We all want to keep our country safe. So we must look to the sources of the terrorist threat — to the conflicts that give space and oxygen to groups like the Islamic State, and the despair and lawlessness on which they feed. We have to make common cause with people of all faiths and backgrounds fighting the same threat and seeking the same security. This is where I would hope any president of our great nation would lead on behalf of all Americans.”

For 11 years now, Jolie has served as a U.N. goodwill ambassador and back in 2015 when the U.N. failed to save lives in Syria, she called it “sickening.”

You can read Jolie’s full op-ed here on The New York Times.


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